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In October, The Wizard and the White House will hit the streets. Help spread the word by visiting Facebook and “liking” the page. Then get your family and friends to do the same.
Coming this Fall from Little Feather Books.
If you have not heard of Jack Livings, you should pick up his superb short story collection, The Dog, just released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. These stories take place in China and are filled with characters whose lives are mired in the conflicts of daily living in a topography that is as different as the people who populate it.
You can read my interview with Livings in the Washington Independent Review of Books.
And for those of you in the Washington DC area, he will be appearing at Politics and Prose on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 PM.
Here’s a link to my interview with Juan Cole whose book The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East was published this month:
A must read for those who are interested in recent developments in the Middle East.
Little Feather Books in New York City has acquired my novel, In the Valley of Granite and Steel, which was previously published as an ebook by thewritedeal.org which has gone out of business.
In the Valley of Granite and Steel will be published under a different title and will be available in both print and ebook editions. Expected publication is October/November of this year.
On June 10th, I will be appearing on Radio Hotline with Dennis Price along with 3 poets from the 30 for 30 Project – Joanna Chen, Doritt Carroll and Carrie Teresa Maison.
The show airs at 9 PM EST. Local Fairfax residents can tune into channel 37 on Fairfax cable. Worldwide, the show can also be streamed at http://www.fcac.org/radio-fairfax,
Marianne Szlyk’s “All About Rosie” has been voted the most popular poem in the 30 for 30 series that ran during April. Congratulations Marianne!
Marianne will receive a signed copy of my chapbook Oranges From Palestine (Mardi Gras Press, 1996) which is a short collection of poetry I wrote mainly while I was living in the Middle East. (Copies are available for purchase from this web site under Books).
Thanks to all the poets who participated in the 30 for 30 project during April. Stay tuned for further projects to come.
Please review the poems that were posted in April and vote for your favorite. To see all the poems, click on the April 2014 link under Archives. You can then scroll down and click on each poem. When you get to the bottom of the page, click on the older posts link to see more.
You may only vote for one poem. Voting will be open until midnight May 5 and the poet with the most votes will receive a copy of my chapbook Oranges From Palestine.
Thanks for your participation.
National Poetry Month has come to an end for 2014 but the poetry lives on. It has been an interesting and fun month for me, with the 30 for 30 Project providing me daily poetic sustenance. A poem a day – each day a different voice, each voice a difference perspective, each one a different approach. From the very formal to the somewhat experimental. From the sestina to the cento .What better way to celebrate poetry! To read, to listen, to explore. And to share.
One of my goals in this project was to keep as much distance as I could. Rather than choose what poems to publish here, I let each poet choose for themselves what they wanted to present. Rather than “reject” something for some editorial reason (subject matter, style, etc.). I allowed each poet to present what he or she wanted to. Length did not matter. Nor did political perspective. Nor did the poetic approach. What mattered to me was a mingling of voices that shared in a common purpose. The only guidelines were: nothing racist, nothing sexist. Because poetry should and does, in most cases, transcend hatred.
I thank the poets who so graciously agreed to participate. I don’t know how to repay their generosity. It was a simple idea but one that was met with enthusiasm and gratefulness. I can’t tell you how many thanked me for doing this. But it is I who must thank them for entertaining my whims.
And for those of you who stopped by daily to see what was going on, I also thank you. I hope you have appreciated the variety and quality of the poems I was privileged to present. And I hope you will continue to stop by, to participate in future projects, to contribute as you wish.
I have displayed the titles of all the poems published during the month of April on the side bar of this page. With the exception of “The Twa Sisters” (Child #10), they are all original pieces. Please take a moment to review the poems and then vote for your favorite.
Thank you and best wishes.